4.0 POLICY GOALS

1. To increase the variety of mountain biking opportunities on W.C.C. reserve land.

Explanation: Mountain bikers are involved in the activity for a variety of reasons, including exercise, appreciation of the outdoors and exhilaration. Mountain bikers also prefer varying levels of difficulty, often depending on their experience levels. This policy attempts to provide for these varying needs.

2. To balance the provision of mountain bike opportunities with the needs of other users on W.C.C. reserve land.

Explanation: Although there is always potential for some conflict between users of reserve land, W.C.C. has a responsibility to ensure that this potential for conflict is minimised. Various methods such as user education, appropriate signage and well planned track design can be used.

3. To direct mountain bike use to reserve areas where the risk of conflict with other users can be minimised.

Explanation: The potential for user conflict is directly related to the number of people using an area. Other factors such as track widths and visibility also contribute to conflict potential between mountain bikers and other users. Encouraging mountain bikers to make greater use of reserve land away from high use areas is an important principle of this policy.

4. To establish a code of conduct that minimises the risk of conflict between mountain bikers and other users of W.C.C. reserve land.

Explanation: The code of conduct is an integral part of this policy. It is the primary mechanism for minimising conflict between users and damage to the environment on multi use reserve land. It is important that all users are considerate to the needs of others.

5. To direct mountain bike use to reserve areas where the risk of environmental degradation can be minimised.

Explanation: Some areas are more susceptible to environmental degradation than others. Vulnerability depends on a wide range of factors such as soil consistency, conservation values and track construction. Where track improvement is not practical or possible, channelling of mountain bike use away from these areas is a high priority.

6. To foster and enhance Wellington's reputation as the "Mountain Bike Capital of the World".

Explanation: Wellington is nationally and internationally recognised as a prime mountain biking location. A policy that encourages this is important if Wellington is to retain its reputation.

7. For continued recognition of Wellington as an attractive venue for national and international mountain bike events.

Explanation: Recognition of Wellington as an attractive venue for mountain bike events has resulted in several national and international and numerous local events being held here. Wellington has the terrain, public interest and facilities to cater for large events. It is W.C.C. policy to actively encourage national and international events.